More than 250 people from local business Chess ICT have been getting fit by taking part in a step challenge to support East Cheshire Hospice, raising £1,000 towards the cost of refurbishing a bereavement support centre.
‘Steptober’ challenged Chess teams across the country to get active through October. With £1 pledged every time someone hit 15,000 steps in a single day, colleagues were soon vying for position on a hotly contested leader board. 30 days of walking, running, cycling, swimming and exercising later, more than 52 million steps have been taken.
East Cheshire Hospice Corporate Fundraiser, Kate Bowmar said:
‘This is a huge help towards the cost of refurbishing our new centre, particularly as we’re currently unable to use volunteers to help with the work. This is a huge project for the Hospice as it almost doubles the amount of adults we are seeing for bereavement support, and ensures everyone in our area can receive specialist support no matter where or how they were bereaved. We hope to be able to help 190 individuals and families each year, at a cost of £115,000.’
Tim Wilkinson Hall, Head of Knowledge and Culture at Chess said:
‘Our relationship with East Cheshire Hospice goes back many years, and it’s a charity which many of us have personal connections with. Being involved in the local community is a big part of our culture at Chess. We’ve had to change how we do this during the pandemic, but we’ve found that supporting others outside our organisation has had huge benefits for all our people. We’re feeling fitter, mentally and physically, and we’ve had lots of fun in the process.’
The Chess team are now planning their next fund-raising challenge, making sure that they’re Future Fit for 2021.